What Should We Do This Weekend? July 8-10, 2016

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1. Family Fun Night at Blacklick Woods

When: Friday, July 8, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Ash Grove Picnic Area, 6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: 614-508-8111

This fun (and free) evening features nature crafts, games and a campfire!

2. LuLu’s 1st Anniversary Party at LuLu’s Sweet Shop

When: Friday & Saturday, July 8 & 9, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM on Friday and Saturday until 5:00 PM
Location: 14 W. College Ave., Westerville, OH 43081

Celebrate the 1st Anniversary of LuLu’s Sweet Shop with live music, free samples, crafts for kids and lawn games!

3. Through the Eyes of a Child at Glass Axis

When: Friday, July 8, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: 610 W. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215

Children from Columbus area schools drew pictures of and wrote stories about an imaginary creature and nine of them were chosen to be brought to life by the artists at Glass Axis. You’re invited to watch the glass-making demonstrations for each piece! The CD102.5 Ice Cream Truck will be on location to pass out free Velvet Ice Cream and you can play the Piada Plinko Board!

4. Parade of Lights at the Ohio Truck Show and Benefit Auction

When: Friday, July 8, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Kidron, OH
Phone: 330-465-4587

I’m throwing this one out there for someone who is up for a road trip to Amish Country and whose kids might love seeing a parade of 200 trucks!!   The parade of vehicles starts in the daylight and as it gets dark, the trucks turn on their lights (hence the name “Parade of Lights”). The truck parade starts at 7:00 PM on Friday night, but is just one part of a weekend of bluegrass music, kids activities, a pancake breakfast, homemade ice cream and more! See more info here.

5. Finding Dory at Barnes and Noble

When: Friday, July 8, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: your local Barnes and Noble

This event will include a scavenger hunt, crafts and coloring and free giveaways like posters, stickers and bookmarks!

6. Westerville Music and Arts Festival

When: Friday – Sunday, July 8-10, 2016
Time: Time varies each day, see link for details.
Location: Uptown Westerville and Heritage Park, 60 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-882-8917

This festival is packed full of live music acts, food trucks and an art show. There is also a youth art and craft exhibit. Kids 16 and under get in free, all others are $1.

7. Pirate Weekend at the Columbus Zoo

When: Saturday, July 9, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-645-3400

Pirate Island is back at the Columbus Zoo and this weekend kids can play pirate games, celebrate with the gang of pirates AND if they come dressed as a pirate (with a paying adult) they will get in free!

8. Family Storytime: The Little Red Hen at Slate Farm

When: Saturday, July 9, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Farmhouse, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Phone: 614-508-8111

Hear the story of the Little Red Hen and enjoy activities that show how bread is made! Can’t make it on Saturday? This event happens Friday, too!

9. Special Needs Screening: The BFG at Studio Movie Grill

When: Saturday, July 9, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Location:175 W. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-456-1298

Children with special needs and their families can watch The BFG with the lights up and volume down. Kids can move around and talk as needed.  Kids are free and adult tickets are available at the “before-noon” price. Tickets available at the box office only.

10. Continent Fun Fest at the French Quarter

When: Saturday, July 9, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 6200 Busch Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43229

This family festival includes carnival rides, bounce houses, food trucks, face painting, live music and a meet and greet with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

11. PBJ&Jazz at Topiary Park

When: Saturday, July 9, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: 480 E. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215

This jazz concert in the park takes place after a story time at Main Library. Story time starts at 11:00 AM. Following the concert, from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, there will be an art activity. In case of rain, the concert will take place at the Main Library.

12. Critter Clues: Nature’s “Who Done It” at Emily Traphagen Park

When: Sunday, July 10, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 5094 Seldom Seen Road, Powell OH 43065
Phone: 740-524-8600, ext. 6.

During this program, kids age 6-9 can join a park ranger to investigate a “crime scene,” look for clues and solve a mystery in the park!

13. Preschool Plus: Finding Dory at Sharon Woods

When: Sunday, July 10, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Schrock Lake West Bulletin Board, 6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

This activity, for kids aged 3-8, includes decorating a t-shirt and fishing in Schrock Lake. Kids ages 15 and under can fish without a license in the lake and adults may assist. Limited bait and poles will be provided.

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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What Should We Do This Weekend? June 17-19, 2016

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Every week I want to start this post with, “there’s so much going on this weekend” – but I could pretty much just copy and paste that sentence for the rest of the summer! This weekend is Father’s Day and Monday is the official first day of summer so there’s lots to celebrate! I hope you enjoy celebrating the fathers and father figures in your life! Thanks, dads, for all you do!

1. Powell Family Time at the Powell Branch of Delaware County Library

When: Friday, June 17, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 460 South Liberty St., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-888-9160

Recommended for ages 6 and under, this story time includes flannel board stories, songs and activities to help kids develop reading skills in an interactive way!

2. KidX Club at Polaris Mall

When: Friday, June 17, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: the fountain at Polaris Lifestyle Center (outside), 1500 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-456-0180

KidX Club is happening every Friday at Polaris Mall through August 12, 2016. Each week has a theme and this week is Summer Read Out! There will be a story time with some of your kids’ favorite characters. Bring a book to donate and you will receive a free treat!

3. COSI Summer Movie Series

When: Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, 2016
Time: see link for details
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

This weekend is a double feature with Jurassic Park and Godzilla 3D! On Friday before the film, there will be a Jurassic Park trivia time and Saturday’s Science on the Screen will feature a special talk from Dale Gnidovec, a Paleontologist, and animal expert, Harry Peachey, before the movie.

4. Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival

When: Friday-Sunday, June 17-19, 2016
Time: Hours vary each day. See link for details.
Location: 117 Mill St. in Gahanna OH 43230
Phone: 614-418-9114

The weekend is full of music and art at Creekside! Kids 12 and under are free and can participate in crafts, face painting, rides, playing musical instruments and much more! Check out the link for the Family Fun Zone for more specific information for kids. The festival is offering free admission on Sunday between the hours of 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM for each person who brings a non-expired, non-perishable food item to donate.

5. Family Fishing Day at Fryer Park

When: Saturday, June 18, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Rotary Lake, 3899 Orders Rd, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Phone: 614-277-3050

Bring the kids for a morning of fishing at Fryer Park! Bait is provided along with a limited amount of fishing equipment for children. Catch and release, no license required!

6. Family Fun on the Farm at Gallant Farm

When: Saturday, June 18, 2016
Time: 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 2150 Buttermilk Hill Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-524-8600, ext. 6

All ages are welcome to learn about raising chickens, canning, planting and growing food, container gardening and more! There are children’s activities planned as well!

7. Columbus Children’s Festival at Fred Beekman Park

When: Saturday, June 18, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 2200 Carmack Rd., Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 877-543-7801

This free children’s festival put on by KidsLinked.com offers sports tournaments, a dance competition, a fun zone, bounce park, food trucks, face painting, giveaways and much more! There is also a 5K run/walk. Parking is $5 and some activities may have a charge.

8. T-Shirt Art at Blendon Woods

When: Saturday, June 18, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM
Location: 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

Bring a white t-shirt to decorate at this event for all ages!

9. Big Machines at COSI

When: Saturday, June 18 – Sunday, June 26, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

Explore how big machines like bulldozers and dump trucks work to do their jobs! Kids can climb on board and learn about the science of construction! This special outdoor exhibit goes on for 9 days!

10. Storybook Village at Ohio Village

When: Saturday, June 18, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Your kids can visit with their favorite book and television characters like Curious George, Peg + Cat, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Daniel Tiger and more! There are lots of fun activities going on that day like a story time and petting zoo! Members are able to get in early at 9:00 AM. See the link for more details. (Also this weekend, the Ohio Village Muffins play “base ball” in Ohio  Village!)

11. Free Admission for Dads at the Columbus Zoo

When: Sunday, June 19, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-645-3400

Free admission to the Columbus Zoo for dads or granddads with the paid admission of a child or grandchild all day, Father’s Day!

*Don’t forget, you can also check out my Friday, Saturday and Sunday pages for more weekend events!

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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5 Things to do with Your Kids this Summer in Columbus

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There is no shortage of things to do during the summer in Columbus! In fact, I compiled a huge list for Columbus Moms Blog! But there are so many things, it can get overwhelming to try to keep track and try them all, so I thought I’d do a short list of some of the things we’ve actually done this summer to give you some tips and ideas if you need them!

1. Attend a Free Program at one of the Metro Parks

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In May, we attended the Pre-K program at Darby Creek Metro Park about seeds. The kids got to hear stories about planting and then plant their own seeds in a cup. It was exciting when one day we discovered our seeds had actually bloomed!

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We also attended a story time at the Scioto Audubon. Most of the Metro Parks have some type of program for kids (and for varying age groups), and except for a rare occasion, they’re free! There are so many great opportunities to take advantage of at our Metro Parks! Click the link here to search for upcoming programs!

2. Splash at FountainSide at Bicentennial Park

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FountainSide takes place most Wednesdays from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM at Bicentennial Park. (Check the schedule in the link for the dates.) We attended the first one in June. The fountain area is really large and there are activities that take place in tents around the park. We got to blow bubbles, pet turtles, see chameleons eat bugs, crawl through tunnels, do a scavenger hunt in a pretend stream and plant seeds in a pot to take home!

Donatos sells slices of pizza for $2 and the Lazer Kraze Treat Truck is on site to pass out free ice cream bars! It was a really fun time. I recommend bringing a blanket and staking out a spot on the lawn. My kids aren’t into splashing in fountains (though they will certainly go out of their way to splash in any muddy puddle they see, thank you, Peppa Pig.) but there was plenty to do anyway! If you can’t make it during the week, the fountains are available for play from 10:00 AM to 7:30 PM daily.

3. Tour the Velvet Ice Cream Factory

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We didn’t actually tour the factory, but we did attend the Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival on the grounds of the Velvet Ice Cream Factory on Memorial Day.  Since it was a holiday, the factory was not in operation, but we did get to see videos and take a look at the factory from the viewing window.

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The grounds of Velvet Ice Cream have a playground, a sand box, a pavilion, a gift shop and museum area, as well as restaurant and an ice cream shop, of course! It was about a 50 minute drive from downtown Columbus. 30 minute tours of the museum take place on the hour from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM on weekdays. The tours are not offered on weekends, holidays and some Fridays.

4. Ride the CBUS

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The CBUS is a fun and FREE way to get around downtown Columbus! Not only will it save little legs from walking (or more so, your back from carrying) long distances, it’s an exciting way to see the city! The bus runs every 10-15 minutes, every day! We took the CBUS on Mother’s Day when we had dinner at Northstar and then ice cream at Jeni’s (is that the perfect Mother’s Day or what?!). Note to self, it stops at 6:00 PM on Sunday! We didn’t realize that small fact in time! Luckily it was a short walk back to our car – but something to keep in mind if it happens to be Sunday and you don’t want to get stuck at the other end of town!

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Maybe it’s because my kids are boys, but they were very excited to watch for and ride the bus! Jaden kept wanting to know how the bus knew where we wanted to go! 😉 The great thing is that it goes in a loop, so you can’t possibly miss your stop! Just wait at one of the specific CBUS signs along the route (see the link), and then pull the cord above the window when you want to get off. Take the CBUS to and from the Short North and the Brewery District, getting on and off wherever and however many times you want. Use it to get to a specific destination or just ride it for fun and enjoy the sights! (FYI, you can bring your stroller and fold it up when you get on the bus!)

5. Visit Ohio Village at Ohio History Center

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Ohio Village is open for the summer and it has been updated to represent the 1890’s! You can try out an adult-sized tricycle at the new bike shop, take your photo 1890’s style, talk with the residents about their everyday life or play old-fashioned games on the Village Green.

We attended on Opening Day and the streets were bustling with activity! We got to try hand-cranked ice cream and take a ride in a horse-drawn wagon. Ohio Village is only open through Labor Day and is included with your admission (or membership) to Ohio History Center. (You can read our review here.) Saturday, June 18th is Storybook Village and your kids can meet with their favorite PBS Kids friends! (There is usually a line for this event and it is very popular so come early!) On June 19th, the Ohio Village Muffins play vintage “base ball” on their home field!

There are so many fun things to do in Columbus! I plan to do this kind of post a few times this summer so keep an eye out! Enjoy your summer!

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